Toy exports slump with higher costs in Guangdong
2009-November-25 Source: China View website
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Guangdong, China's major toy manufacturing province, saw a slump in toy exports in October amid increasing costs, said the provincial customs Tuesday (Nov 24).

The toy export volume of Guangdong dropped by 13.3 percent to 670 million USD in October. The province's overall toy export volume in the first 10 months amounted to 4.6 billion dollars, down 11 percent year on year, according to a statement from Guangdong's Huangpu customs.

The volume of Guangdong's toy exports to the U.S., European and Hong Kong markets in the first 10 months were respectively 1.93 billion dollars, 1.14 billion dollars and 410 million dollars, dropping by 15.2 percent, 10.9 percent and 12 percent.

The cost of toy manufacturing has increased by 25 percent on average, while the price remained unchanged due to slack market demand and keen competition, said a customs official who declined to be named.

As both EU and the United States adopted more stringent standards on imported toys, Chinese manufactures have to spend much more on product inspection.

The enhanced standards also led to a cost increase of about 15 percent as the manufacturers have to purchase more expensive materials, the custom official said.

In addition, the cost of oil derivatives that are widely used in making toys, had jumped as the crude oil price rocketed from 35 dollars per barrel early this year to 80 dollars per barrel. Also on the rise are the costs of labor and transportation in China.

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